In October 1954 the South African National Council for Marriage Guidance and Counseling was established following a conference, the main theme being family problems and disintegration. Dr Mace and his wife, Vera, were invited to preside at this conference. The outcome was that everything revolves around a healthy and happy marriage and family life. “FAMSA – FAMILY AND MARRIAGE SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA” was established as a result of this need.

FAMSA has Social Workers and Community workers with the specialized training to provide assists to the community. Presently FAMSA is registered in terms of the Non-profit Organizations Act. Twenty six FAMSA Affiliates function nationwide and are affiliated to the National Council.

FAMSA Upington opened its doors in May 1995 after the need was expressed in the Northern Cape. In 1997 FAMSA became an independent society. FAMSA Upington has branches in Springbok, Calvinia, Prieska, Posmansburg, Kathu and Kuruman.

The progress FAMSA made over the past years is visible and tangible in the communities. The expansion in projects, clients and funds are all proof of success and blessings. FAMSA is indeed a NPO growing and keeping up with the times.

FAMSA is a Non-Profit Organization and relay on, project funding; donations and grants. Thus it is imperative to ensure that the life line (funding) is kept alive to ensure services to the communities.

Our Focus areas are:


  • Marriage / couple / relationship counseling
  • Individual counseling with Children, Youth & Adults
  • Family counseling
  • Divorce counseling
  • Grief counseling

Awareness and Support:

  • Violence
  • Problem solving
  • Suicide
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Leadership
  • Addiction
  • Values / Morals
  • Teenage parenting
  • Bullying
  • Cyber-abuse
  • Abuse

Life Skills and capacity building:

  • Relationship skills
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict management
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Financial management
  • Gender based violence
  • Marriage preparation
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Parenting


FAMSA belief in healthy relationships and well-functioning families is the key to the well-being of the community.


To support individuals, families, organizations, communities and society to build, restore and sustain functional relationships.


  • Accessibility to all people and communities
  • Accountability
  • Basic human rights
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Respect for others

Quality and excellence of service.